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Month: November 2016

Substance abuse– Part 2: Short and long-term effects of drug abuse

Substance abuse– Part 2: Short and long-term effects of drug abuse

November 30th, 2016

While it is well-known that drugs are harmful to both the body and the brain, the effects caused by various drugs may vary depending on their potency and quality. However, all drugs affect the brain adversely and those who resort to long-term drug use may face serious health problems. In the first article of the […]

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Tackling substance abuse problem in elderly

Tackling substance abuse problem in elderly

November 24th, 2016

As per the 2014 report published by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, there were approximately 43 million adults above the age of 65 years and by the end of 2050, this number is expected to double, reaching as high as 83 million. A large number of this population belongs to the baby boomer generation, […]

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Substance abuse– Part 1: Understanding the problem

Substance abuse– Part 1: Understanding the problem

November 23rd, 2016

Substance abuse is rampant in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights that nearly 7 million people above 12 years of age abuse some type of substance in the U.S. Moreover, nearly 17 million people either abuse or are dependent on alcohol. That is almost about 6.4 percent of the population. […]

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Arizona votes against legalization of recreational marijuana use

Arizona votes against legalization of recreational marijuana use

November 18th, 2016

Refusing to follow the leads of California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts, Arizona voted against Proposition 205 that aimed at legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. At present, under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, the state only permits medical marijuana use under a medical card. Those who opposed the proposition were concerned that the initiative […]

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Heroin epidemic in the U.S.: Causes and cure

Heroin epidemic in the U.S.: Causes and cure

November 18th, 2016

In recent times, various agencies have reported that heroin abuse is rampant throughout the length and breadth of the United States, irrespective of the gender, age and level of income of the people abusing it. Ironically, while the purity of heroin has been rising since the last few years, there hasn’t been any proportionate increase […]

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Drug crimes- Part 4: Government efforts to curb heroin trafficking

Drug crimes- Part 4: Government efforts to curb heroin trafficking

November 11th, 2016

Drug trafficking is booming in the United States with Mexico alone doing drug business worth over $50 billion per year, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The DEA Intelligence Report 2016, observed that the threat posed by heroin in the U.S. is serious and has been on the rise since 2007. Comprehending the seriousness […]

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Drug Crimes- Part 3: Effects of drug trafficking on the American economy

Drug Crimes- Part 3: Effects of drug trafficking on the American economy

November 4th, 2016

Drug abuse and drug trafficking are two major problems that the U.S. society is facing today. Apart from its personal cost, i.e., the effect it has on an individual citizen’s life, it also has serious costs for the U.S. economy. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), over 30,000 arrests made every year are related […]

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Drug Crimes- Part 2: Heroin use on a rise in US

Drug Crimes- Part 2: Heroin use on a rise in US

November 2nd, 2016

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its World Drug Report (WDR), 2016, called heroin as the deadliest drug in the world today as its consumption is on the rise. The report raised an alarm to its increasing use in the United States wherein it had reached a 20 year high, this […]

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